Road win for Men's Basketball

January 30th, 2011

Comments by TONY BRYCE
Head Coach VIU Men's Basketball

The VIU Men's accepted the challenge on the weekend. The Mariners where on the road, facing a very tough Capilano squad, and returned with a couple solid road wins.

Friday the game started out as a physical playoff type game. The boys struggled to finish several good looks, but the defense held for a 30-21 lead at the half. A solid third quarter helped the M's pulled ahead to stay, with a 66-53 victory. Patrick McCarthy was a beast for the Mariners, with 17 points and 11 boards. Jacob Thom was once again solid, as he finished with 15 points, 9 boards, and 5 steals.

Saturday was probably the most impressive performance of the year thus far for the M's. Defensive execution was bang on. The final was 85-53, with every player hitting the scoresheet and playing quality minutes. Jacob Thom had 19, 4 boards and 6 assists in just 21 minutes.  While Mike Wohlers had a very nice all-around game with 12 points and 9 assists in 19 minutes. Off the bench, Evan Verdel had his best game of the season, with 9 points, 6 boards and 6 steals.

I was very pleased with our performance this past weekend. We did a lot of very good things. It is about meeting individual/team expectations, and not being satisfied with average at this point. Technically we were much better in several area's which is our focus at this up the 'little' things.  The Mariners will need another similar performance this coming weekend with a very talented Ubc-O team making the trip to the Island.


comments by Head Coach Bill McWhinnie

A very disappointing weekend for VIU ending with two losses to the Capilano Blues.  On Friday, VIU came out firing on all cylinders taking a 9-0 lead before Capilano called timeout.  The next few minutes were a back and forth affair.  With about 3 minutes left in the first quarter, Cap began a huge run that ended late in the second quarter giving Cap a 22 point lead at the half.  The second half was much better for VIU outscoring Cap in the half but it wasnt enough as VIU lost 72-56.  Saturday was a different story with VIU coming out strong and leading by 9 at the end of the first quarter.  Another lapse in the second quarter allowed Cap to come back and tie it at 34 at the half.  As was the case Friday, VIU continued to compound their mistakes allowing Cap to stretch their lead to double figures.  A late rally fell short and VIU was on the short end of a 83-75 loss.

"Our major problem was that we made mistakes and compounded them further by making more mistakes.  Our mental toughness was challenged this weekend and we did not respond.  Hopefully this was the eye opener we needed and we can learn from the weekend and move on.  We have another tough weekend ahead with a much improved UBCO team coming to town.  If we dont play well, we will lose"